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Livekick raises $3M to use live video for one-on-one training

Livekick, a startup that gives customers access to one-on-one personal training and yoga from their home (or hotel room, or elsewhere), is announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding. The company was founded by entrepreneur Yarden Tadmor and fitness expert Shayna Schmidt. Tadmor said that with all his travel for work, his fitness routine “really eroded,” so he contacted Schmidt and asked her to train him remotely — they’d connect via FaceTime, he’d mount his phone at the gym and she...
Tags: Health, Startups, Funding, Tech, Livekick


Zero raises $20 million from NEA and others for a credit card that works like debit

Just ahead of the launch of the Apple Card, a startup that has its own take on modernizing the credit card industry, Zero, is announcing the close of its $20 million Series A. The new round of funding was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and brings Zero’s total raised to date to $35 million, including both equity and debt funding. Other investors in the round include SignalFire, Eniac Ventures, Nyca Partners, and some unnamed school endowments. Zero had previously announced an $8.5 mil...
Tags: Credit Cards, Apps, Money, Cards, Finance, Banks, Funding, Tech, Banking, Zynga, Salt Lake City, Memphis, Nea, Zero, Checking, FDIC


Andreessen pours $22M into PlanetScale’s database-as-a-service

PlanetScale’s founders invented the technology called Vitess that scaled YouTube and Dropbox. Now they’re selling it to any enterprise that wants their data both secure and consistently accessible. And thanks to its ability to re-shard databases while they’re operating, it can solve businesses’ troubles with GDPR, which demands they store some data in the same locality as the user it belongs to. The potential to be a computing backbone that both competes with and complements Amazon’s AWS has ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Youtube, Funding, Tech, Andreessen, SaaS, Aws, Andreessen Horowitz, Kubernetes, Matt Cutts


DoorDash, now valued at $12.6B, shoots for the moon

More than five years ago, Sequoia partner Alfred Lin called Tony Xu, the founder of a small on-demand delivery startup called DoorDash, to say he was passing on the company’s seed round. This was, of course, before venture capital funding in food delivery startups had taken off. DoorDash, launched out of Xu’s Stanford graduate school dorm room, wasn’t worth Sequoia’s capital — yet. Today, venture capitalists are valuing the San Francisco-based company at a whopping $12.6 billion with a ...
Tags: Food, TC, Uber, Y Combinator, California, Finance, Stanford, Softbank, Funding, America, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Ceo, Companies, Canada


Future launches $150/mo exercise app where real coaches nag you

The only way to beat laziness is with guilt, and so that’s what Future sells. It assigns you an actual human trainer who builds personalized workout plans and message you throughout the day to make sure you’re doing them. It even gives you an Apple Watch to track your activity and ensure you’re not lying. Future actually got me to the gym where my coach kicked my ass remotely with a 30 minute lifting routine I’d never have stuck to by myself. The catch? It’s probably the most expensive app you’v...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Funding, Future, NFL, Tech, Netflix, Exercise, Kleiner Perkins, University Of Wisconsin, Ndamukong Suh


Sofar Sounds reveal plans for $25 million funding, good news for artists

Sofar Sounds have garnered criticism before over whether they treat the artists they recruit fairly, but with new funding those concerns should be quashed. Yesterday we reported on Sofar Sounds new $25 million in funding that they announced this week. It’s an amazing new investment in an unique live music business that has spread around the world providing a gig experience that stands on its own. But with so much money going into the business it felt necessary to also look at how much ...
Tags: Music, Funding, Compensation, Artists, Live Music, Gigs, Artist / Label News, Lucchese, Sessions, Jim Lucchese, Sofar Sounds, Rafe Offer, Independent Artists, Live Sessions


Cala Health Secures $50M to Launch Anti-Tremor Wrist Device

Cala Health announced this week it raised $50 million in a Series C financing that will fund the market introduction of its wristwatch-like device that delivers nerve stimulation as a remedy for tremors of the hands.New investors Novartis, Baird Capital, LifeSci Venture Partners and TriVentures participated in the fundraising round, and were joined by all of the company’s previous investors, including Lux Capital, Lightstone Ventures, Action Potential Venture Capital, dRx Capital, GV—the invest...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Wearables, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Devices, Vc


Nectar’s sonar bottle caps could save $50B in stolen booze

Bars lose 20 percent of their alcohol to overpours and “free” drinks for friends. That amounts to $50 billion per year in booze that mysteriously disappears, making life tough for every pub and restaurant. Nectar wants to solve that mystery with its ultrasound depth sensing bottle caps that measure how much liquid is left in a bottle by measuring how long it takes a sonar pulse to bounce back. And now it’s bringing real-time pour tracking to beer with its gyroscopic taps. The result is that b...
Tags: Food, Fundings & Exits, TC, Mobile, Apps, Hardware, Sean Rad, Alcohol, Funding, Bars, San Francisco, Tech, Ultrasound, Bartender, Campari, Joe Lonsdale


Smart Cities Startups, Upswing, Coder, VanillaSoft & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—The Dallas-based Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator has named the six startups in its first program, according to a press release. The startups are using technology to help local governments sync data in currently siloed departments, analytics to help cities measure business and individual tourism, and others. In addition to hosting the startups in the program, Innov8te also features what it calls “Startup City Hall,” a dedicated office for ...
Tags: Startups, Cloud, Texas, Big Data, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, Analytics, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Austin, Innovation, Venture Capital


Sofar Sounds raise $25m, but will artists see any of that?

Sofar Sounds are bringing unique, intimate gigs to people’s living rooms and other mysterious locations – but are they for the artists, the audience, or themselves? Sofar Sounds aren’t just a live sessions producer, nor are they quite a gig promoter – they stand in a league of their own. They launched just under 10 years ago with a passion for live music and a disdain for the rest of the live music experience – loud crowds, busy venues, sweaty smells, exorbitant drink prices. Sofar Soun...
Tags: Music, New York, London, Youtube, Funding, Industry, Compensation, Artists, Live Music, Funds, Oakland, Gigs, Payment, Independent, Artist / Label News, Venues


KaiOS raises $50M more, hits 100M handsets powered by its feature phone OS

While Android and iOS have locked up the market for smartphone operating systems, a feature phone platform that has the distinction of being the world’s third biggest mobile OS is announcing a hefty round of funding to continue its expansion. KaiOS, which makes the OS that powers devices like Nokia’s feature phones and Jio’s devices out of India, has raised $50 million from Cathay Innovation (which led the round) and previous investors Google and TCL Holdings. The funding takes the total raised ...
Tags: Firefox, Google, China, India, Funding, Nokia, US, Tech, Barcelona, Huawei, Qualcomm, PitchBook, Jio, Cathay Innovation, Feature Phones, KaiOS


KaiOS raises $50M, hits 100M handsets powered by its feature phone OS

While Android and iOS have locked up the market for smartphone operating systems, a feature phone platform that has the distinction of being the world’s third biggest mobile OS is announcing a hefty round of funding to continue its expansion. KaiOS, which makes the OS that powers devices like Nokia’s feature phones and Jio’s devices out of India, has raised $50 million from Cathay Innovation (which led the round) and previous investors Google and TCL Holdings. The funding takes the total raised ...
Tags: Firefox, Google, Fundings & Exits, Mobile, China, India, Funding, Nokia, US, Tech, Barcelona, Huawei, Qualcomm, Tcl, PitchBook, Jio


Agtech startup Agrilyst is now Artemis, raises $8M Series A

Artemis, the ag-tech startup formerly known as Agrilyst, today announced that it has raised an $8 million Series A funding round. The round was co-led by Astanor Ventures and Talis Capital, with participation from iSelect Fund and New York State’s Empire State Development Fund. With this, the company, which won our 2015 Disrupt SF Battlefield competition, has now raised a total of $11.75 million. When Agrilyst launched, the company mostly focused on helping indoor farmers and greenhouse opera...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Obama, Funding, Articles, Tech, Risk Management, Ceo, ERP, Cannabis, Agriculture, Food Safety, New York State, Artemis, Battlefield


SoFar Sounds house concerts raises $25M, but bands get just $100

Tired of noisy music venues where you can hardly see the stage? SoFar Sounds puts on concerts in people’s living rooms where fans pay $15 to $30 to sit silently on the floor and truly listen. Nearly 1 million guests have attended SoFar’s more than 20,000 gigs. Having attended a half dozen of the shows, I can say they’re blissful…unless you’re a musician to pay a living. In some cases, SoFar pays just $100 per band for a 25 minute set, which can work out to just $8 per musician per hour or less. ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Uber, Spotify, Instagram, Entertainment, Funding, Tech, Live Music, Virgin Group, Oakland, Union Square Ventures, Battery Ventures, Octopus Ventures, Concerts, KQED


Biofourmis raises $35M to develop smarter treatments for chronic diseases

Biofourmis, a Singapore-based startup pioneering a distinctly tech-based approach to the treatment of chronic conditions, has raised a $35 million Series B round for expansion. The round was led by Sequoia India and MassMutual Ventures, the VC fund from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Other investors who put in include EDBI, the corporate investment arm of Singapore’s Economic Development Board, China-based healthcare platform Jianke and existing investors Openspace Ventures, ...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Asia, China, Boston, Singapore, Funding, US, Blogs, Insurance, Tech, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Digital Media


Sebastian Thrun and Udacity Launch New Self-Driving Nanodegree

[Corrected 5/21/19, 11:04 am. See below.] Sebastian Thrun first made his mark on autonomous vehicle development at the dawn of that industry, when he led a Stanford team whose robot car Stanley won the $2 million DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005 by racing driverless through the Mojave Desert for 132 miles.These days, Thrun seems just as excited by another imprint he’s made on the still-forming AV industry—not as a researcher, but as an entrepreneur in online education. Thrun (pictured) says many s...
Tags: Google, Deals, Mobile, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Talent Gap, Education, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Stanford, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla


Amazon’s Alexa Fund invests in edtech startups, Zoobean and Unruly Studios

Two edtech companies, Zoobean and Unruly Studios, are the latest to receive investment from Amazon’s Alexa Fund — Amazon’s corporate venture fund focused on fueling innovation in voice technologies, and specifically, integrations with Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. Zoobean, which you may recall from its Shark Tank appearance a few years ago, offers reading software to schools and libraries. And Unruly Studios, a 2018 Alexa Accelerator alum, connects STEM learning for kids with physical play....
Tags: Amazon, Education, Funding, Tech, Edtech, New England, Sphero, Alexa, Shark Tank, Alexa Fund, Alexa Accelerator, Alexa Fund Amazon, Paul Bernard, Sphero Edu, Bamboo Learning, Zoobean


Payment card startup Marqeta confirms $260M round at close to $2B valuation

Startups that are disrupting and unlocking the lucrative world of financial services continue to unlock big fund funding rounds for themselves. Today, Marqeta — which helps third parties like Square, Affirm, DoorDash, Kabbage and Instacart build and offer card services to their customers — announced that it has raised a Series E of $260 million led by Coatue Management. Marqeta plans to use this growth round to to continue building out its platform with an emphasis on global expansion, founde...
Tags: Credit Cards, Fundings & Exits, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Europe, London, Cards, Finance, Funding, US, Tech, Accenture, Mastercard, Reuters, Gardner


Generation closes $1B growth fund targeting sustainable startups

Generation Investment Management, the firm co-founded by environmentalist and former Vice President Al Gore, was built on the premise of backing sustainable startups. Now, as the idea of sustainability starts to gain wider traction, the firm is doubling down on the concept. Today, Generation is announcing that it has closed a $1 billion Sustainable Solutions Fund for growth investments. As the name implies, it plans to put the $1 billion to work backing later-stage startups that work on sustaina...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Finance, Funding, Africa, Environment, Tech, Sustainability, Preston, Venture Capital, GreenTech, Generation, Al Gore, Wollman, Andela


Maisie Williams’ talent discovery startup Daisie raises $2.5 million, hits 100K members

Maisie Williams’ time on Game of Thrones may have come to an end, but her talent discovery app Daisie is just getting started. Co-founded by film producer Dom Santry, Daisie aims to make it easier for creators to showcase their work, discover projects and collaborate with one another through a social networking-style platform. Only 11 days after Daisie officially launched to the public, the app hit an early milestone of 100,000 members. It also recently closed on $2.5 million in seed fundi...
Tags: Travel, Social, Apps, Media, Funding, Creators, Maisie Williams, Social Network, Daisie, Dom Santry


ACC’s New Fashion Incubator Follows Growth of Industry in Austin

Austin— Though small, Austin’s fashion-technology community is growing. Not only have more businesses started moving to the city, now a new program at Austin Community College is hoping to further drive innovation in the industry.“We are looking to create a full pipeline (of resources) for promising designers,” says Nina Means, director of the newly opened Fashion Incubator at Austin Community College.The program was launched at the end of April and provides both students and local-to-Austin fa...
Tags: Startups, Wearables, New York, Texas, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, E-commerce, People, Vc, Austin, Innovation, Venture Capital, M&a, Athleisure


Wagestream closes $51M Series A to plug the payday gap without putting workers in debt

Getting your work wages on a monthly (not weekly nor biweekly) basis has become a more widespread trend as the price of running payrolls has gone up, and organizations’ cashflow has gone down. That 30-day shift may be a boost to employers, but not employees, who may need access to those wages more immediately and find it a challenge to stretch out their income month to month. Now, a startup based out of London has raised a large round of funding for service that’s aiming to plug that gap. Wagest...
Tags: TC, Europe, Enterprise, Finance, Funding, Tech, Workers, Wages, TCUK, Wagestream


Agtech startup Agrilyst is now Artemis, raises $8M Series A

Artemis, the ag-tech startup formerly known as Agrilyst, today announced that it has raised an $8 million Series A funding round. The round was co-led by Astanor Ventures and Talis Capital, with participation from iSelect Fund and New York State’s Empire State Development Fund. With this, the company, which won our 2015 Disrupt SF Battlefield competition, has now raised a total of $11.75 million. When Agrilyst launched, the company mostly focused on helping indoor farmers and greenhouse opera...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Funding, Articles, Tech, Risk Management, Ceo, Cannabis, Food Safety, Artemis, Battlefield, Arizona State University, Agtech, Agrilyst, Talis Capital


Robin picks up $20 million Series B to optimize the office

Robin Powered, a startup looking to help offices run better, has today announced the close of a $20 million Series B funding. The round was led by Tola Capital, with existing investors Accomplice and FirstMark participating in the round, along with a new strategic Allegion Ventures. Robin started as part of an agency called One Mighty Roar, where Robin Powered cofounder Sam Dunn and his two cofounders built out RFID and beacon tech for clients’ live events. In 2014, they spun out the tech as ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, SaaS, Robin, Sam Dunn


Ikea invests in Livspace, a one-stop platform for interior design based in India

Fresh from raising $70 million last year via big names including Goldman Sachs and TPG Growth, Livspace, an India-based startup that offers a one-stop-shop for interior design, has lured yet another marquee investor: Ikea. The startup said today it has taken an undisclosed investment from Ingka Investments, the VC arm of Ikea parent Ingka Group, which operates 90 percent of Ikea’s retail footprint. Livspace CEO and co-founder Anuj Srivastava declined to provide a figure for the deal, but he told...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Asia, Finance, India, Funding, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Companies, Ikea, Retail, Goldman Sachs, Retailers, Hyderabad, Livspace, Tpg Capital


Credder offers Rotten Tomatoes-style ratings for the news

In an age of online misinformation and clickbait, how do you know whether a publication is trustworthy? Startup Credder is trying to solve this problem with reviews from both journalists and regular readers. These reviews are then aggregated into an overall credibility score (or rather, scores, since the journalist and reader ratings are calculated separately). So when you encounter an article from a new publication, you can check their scores on Credder to get a sense of how credible they are. ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Media, Funding, Tech, Cnn, New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes, Gabriel Snyder, Palmieri, Xobni, Patrick Lee, Startup Credder, Chase Palmieri, Jeff Bonforte Palmieri, Credder


San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: MedCrypt, LunaDNA, Dynacure & More

Let’s catch up with the latest life sciences news in San Diego.— Cybersecurity company MedCrypt, which makes software to protect medical devices, raised a $5.3 million Series A funding round.The company says it will use the new funds to hire new salespeople and engineers and further develop its technology, which medical devices vendors use to secure data traveling between or stored on devices. It also offers real-time monitoring and alerts about potential security threats.“Patient data privacy ...
Tags: Y Combinator, Funding, Trends, Tech, Vc, San Diego, Biotech, Financing, Bain Capital Ventures, 23andMe, Bill Maris, Eniac Ventures, Life Sciences, ARCH Venture Partners, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Osage University Partners


Under the hood on Zoom’s IPO, with founder and CEO Eric Yuan

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Kate Clark sat down with Eric Yuan, the founder and CEO of video communications startup Zoom, to go behind the curtain on the company’s recent IPO process and its path to the public markets. Since hitting the trading desks just a few weeks ago, Zoom stock is up over 30%. But the Zoom’s path to becoming a Silicon Valley and Wall St...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Uber, Apps, Video, Enterprise, Finance, Ipo, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Virtual Reality, Silicon Valley, Augmented Reality


PlanetM Awards New Grants to Advance Mobility Pilots in Michigan

PlanetM, the state of Michigan-backed business development organization, has announced a new batch of grants that aim to entice mobility startups and corporations to pilot their innovations in Michigan, or test and validate their technology at one of Michigan’s proving grounds.PlanetM has awarded a total of $440,000 in grants to five companies. The startups are working on pilots such as secure delivery of prescription medications to rural locations, new GPS technology, and autonomous campus shu...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Trends, Tech, Software, Innovation, Michigan, Mobility, Detroit, Continental, Michigan Technological University, DENSO, National blog main, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories


Health[at]Scale lands $16M Series A to bring machine learning to healthcare

Health[at]Scale, a startup with founders who have both medical and engineering expertise, wants to bring machine learning to bear on healthcare treatment options to produce outcomes with better results and less aftercare. Today the company announced a $16 million Series A. Optum, which is part of the UnitedHealth Group, was the sole investor . Today, when people looks at treatment options, they may look at a particular surgeon or hospital, or simply what the insurance company will cover, but the...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, Medical, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Harvard, Machine Learning, UnitedHealth Group, Mohammed Saeed, Zeeshan Syed Health